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Women in the Lege: A Historical Look

A rundown in chart form of women in the House and Senate, going back to 1995.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (center) on the House floor on Feb. 8, 2011.

It's been noted on the Senate floor this session that the number of female senators is at an all-time high, with eight out of a body of 31. That will soon change with the departure of San Antonio Democrat Leticia Van de Putte on or about Feb. 17.

The charts below track the number of women in the House and Senate going back to the 1995 legislative session. Note that while the Senate is at an all-time high currently, the number of women in the House hit a peak high back in 2009, with 37 members. Here's another way, perhaps, to think about this: The Senate currently is 26 percent female, while the House in 2009 was 25 percent female.

By contrast, women make up slightly more than half the total population of the state, or 50.3 percent.


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